Polly and the One and Only World by Don Bredes

Polly and the One and Only World

Reviewed by Diane Pollock

I’ve got a strong urge to fly
But I’ve got nowhere to fly to
Pink Floyd

Polly is a young witch struggling to survive in a dystopian world. She can fly, can communicate telepathically with her raven familiar, she can even shrink herself! But she lives in a time of ascendant fundamentalist Christians who control superior technology and are determined to wipe out her kind. Her ability to fly just takes her from one desperate situation to the next. But along the way she comes to a deeper understanding of her faith, falls in love and escapes her prosecutors time after time. Her life may be hard, but she is free and unbowed.

As an adventure story this book is sure to please it’s young adult market. It does have many dark dystopian elements, such as identity chips and disaster areas. It would have been interesting however to have been able to learn more about the world and how it came to be as it was. Many things were hinted at that will perhaps make for an intriguing sequel at some point. For example, are the Christians really seeking to destroy the witches, or to co-opt and use their powers for their own purposes?

Perhaps Polly will fly into our lives once more…..

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